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On the other hand, the assumption that "Love is fission" rather than fusion is bolstered by U.S. divorce statistics that hover around 50%. Proponents of arranged marriage point to the fact that marriage for love can fizzle out quickly, leaving the participants with no underlying relationship to hold them together. Since many American married couples today have slept together long before their nuptials, their entire relationship prior to marriage can be predicated almost entirely on sex, leaving them without the progression from acquaintanceship to friendship to love that was more common in courting days and that fostered the development of a deeper and more committed relationship. A University of Michigan study on premarital nonfamily experience and spouse choice in an arranged marriage society found that where that society was migrating toward a marriage for love paradigm, participation of the potential marriage partners in nonfamily experiences such as youth clubs "have strong positive effects on individual participation in the choice of a spouse" (Ghimire, Ainn, Yabiku, Thornton, 2006, p. 1181).
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